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RIGHT ROYAL KNEES-UP

IN ITS SECOND YEAR, THE 50-MILE RACE TO THE KING ULTRA PROVIDED PLENTY OF UPS AND DOWNS

After having caught a (very early) pre-booked race bus from the finish to the start, I wandered around the start village with my husband and race buddy, Mark, sharing a collective sigh of relief with fellow runners that we weren’t about to contend with either the blistering hot temperatures of the preceding week or the deluge of last year’s inaugural race (chalk paths are notoriously slippery when wet). In fact, rarely have I seen a group so happy about temperatures in the teens and a bit of light drizzle.

Runners (and walkers) start in waves at 15-minute intervals based on predicted finished times, with the only proviso being that if you are racing for the win, you need to be in the first group. Not only does the staggered start reduce the initial crowding on the trails, it also reduces the queue for the loo at the start. We started in the second wave, meaning a relaxed first few kilometres as muscles warmed up and everyone settled into their own pace. There was a long way to go.

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Get fit quick with the September issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! We’ll help you find focus in your running with our four-week plans for mini running goals, from smashing out a parkrun PB to shifting a few pounds to trying your first triathlon. Bit pushed for time thanks to the kids? Our busy mums’ training guide will show you how to squeeze in a few runs - and we’ve got the lowdown on the best running buggies you can buy, too. Find out how to run well for life with our expert guide to running skills, and be inspired to try for a sub-three-hour marathon - our cover star Gemma Hockett believes anyone can do it! Find all this plus the usual advice, inspiration and kit reviews for trail and road.
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